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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Lifts Suspension Of Saints Coach Sean Payton

As the NFL world begins to turn their eyes to New Orleans, the Saints after nearly a full year have their coach back.

Today NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Saints Coach Sean Payton. The coach sat out the entire 2012 season after being connected with the Saints’ bounty program.

Payton’s suspension was expected to end after the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, but Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Payton on Monday and announced his decision today in a statement:

“We had a very productive discussion. Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”

Payton can now attend the Senior Bowl this week and resume duties as coach of the Saints.

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